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Influence of Contouring and Hardness of Foot Orthoses on Ratings of Perceived Comfort

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by NewsBot, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. NewsBot

    NewsBot The Admin that posts the news.

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    Influence of Contouring and Hardness of Foot Orthoses on Ratings of Perceived Comfort.
    Mills K, Blanch P, Vicenzino B
    Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2011 Jan 12;
     
  2. David Wedemeyer

    David Wedemeyer Well-Known Member

    Does this appear to be contradictory to anyone else or am I just reading it wrong? It appears to say that a soft, flat generic orthosis was preferred. Does that sound like a "contoured" device?

    I know that over the years nearly every patient that I have provided an orthosis made from a volumetric cast, which I assume is more "countoured", that patients report greater comfort than with previous prefab or generic shaped devices and that is subjective.

    Their conclusion confuses the heck out of me!
     
  3. No I don't get it either.
     
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    Effect of Foot Orthoses Contour on Pain Perception in Individuals with Patellofemoral Pain
    Thomas G. McPoil, Bill Vicenzino and Mark W. Cornwall
    Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
    Volume 101 Number 1 7-16 2011

     
  5. David Wedemeyer

    David Wedemeyer Well-Known Member

    Ok I read the study, thank you Ian (am I losing my mind or was there a response on this thread from Ian offering to send us the studies, which he did? Thank you).

    Not to tear at another person's work but it appears the 'orthoses' used were a 3mm EVA prefab vs. Vasyli prefabs (all EVA) of differing shore rating? In all there were 20 participants, measured and subject to VAS on 5 visits and all preferred the 3mm prefab.

    Interesting because most people I encounter and patients comment that the shape and support of the medial arch is one feature that they find key, not the softness of the material or a very low MLA.

    I'm really confused why they used prefab devices for the study but refer to 'contouring' as being key and then state they preferred the flat, soft orthosis to the contoured one? Still not getting it...
     
  6. Griff

    Griff Moderator

    You're not going mad David - it seems I've had some posts deleted for some reason.

    Still not read these studies yet. Hope to get some time tomorrow afternoon.
     
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